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Course summary

Create interactive robots that respond to the challenges of modern life. On this Robotics degree, you'll gain specialist knowledge of cybernetics, artificial intelligence and human-robot interactions to building robots using modern design and fabrication tools. You’ll learn to thrive in this ever-evolving sector and work collaboratively with other students to devise robot solutions for a range of challenges and contexts. On this course, you'll have opportunities to develop vital professional practice experience by tackling live industry projects. You will: Build robots that interact with people in novel and interesting ways Implement robotic systems that leverage cutting-edge technologies and intelligence Solve real-world problems by collaborating in teams to apply human-centred design approaches Obtain a mastery of programming and physical fabrication by working on practical problems in a bespoke robotics lab and fabrication facilities Apply your skills to inspiring projects spanning creative and technical domains, on briefs set by industry partners Develop an understanding of the societal, ethical and environmental contexts for robotics and the implications for the design, engineering, deployment and adoption of robotic technologies Study in Cornwall, which is home to world-beating robotics companies, environmental technology startups and ground breaking marine research


On this Robotics degree, we’ll provide you with exciting opportunities to bring your ideas to life by designing engaging human-robot interactions and working prototypes. Through our industry connections, you’ll get to work on live professional briefs that could range from developing humanoid robots to sensory toys to engage disabled children, animatronic systems for prosthetics, as well as control systems for a new generation of sustainable power production. This practical experience is underpinned by explorations into the history of computing, the moral and legal considerations within digital creativity, accessibility and sustainability. Year one: In the first year, you’ll learn the foundations of the discipline. You’ll gain a practical introduction to programming and computer technology as well as learning about the various branches of computer science and the pipelines and processes used to create engaging digital products and services. Finally, you’ll explore approaches to physical computing and build your own autonomous robot. Modules Principles of Computing Digital Creativity Development Foundations Data Fundamentals Individual Programming Project Multidisciplinary Teamwork Year two: In your second year, you’ll start to focus on your subject specialism. You'll develop your knowledge of embedded systems through simple robot construction, explore the principles of cybernetics and autonomous robotics, and enhance your computational mathematics skills. You’ll also learn the theory and design techniques required to build complex mechanisms to specifications, informed by physics and kinematics, and engage in digital prototyping. Modules Computational Mathematics Digital Prototyping Robotics & Cybernetics Algorithms & Optimisation Robot Design Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Year three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Year four: In the final year, you’ll develop greater intellectual freedom. You'll produce an individual Research & Development project under the supervision of a subject-matter expert and work in a multi-skilled team to design and implement a potentially innovative product or service. You’ll also enhance your collaborative working skills by tackling “challenge briefs” with students across the university, and learn vital professional practice skills in our Future Skills module. Modules Research & Development: Proposal Future Skills Human-Robot Interaction Research & Development: Dissertation Major Collaboration The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

100% of your assessments will be by coursework. Assessments could include: Projects Papers Pitches Portfolios Designed to mirror industry practice, students are also continually assessed on group projects through a group working strategy.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

Additional entry requirements



Applicants should have GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

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Robotics with Professional Placement at Falmouth University - UCAS